Genuine Contact Program Workshops

Genuine Contact provides a blended, synergistic, holistic approach to change and to leadership. It is not about a big quick splash, but rather about developing the skills, knowledge, and capacity to sustain the ongoing organizational change necessary to thrive in today’s constantly changing, complex times. The program includes 9 modules including 4 Foundational Workshops, 4 Advanced Skill Building Workshops and the Train the Trainer of the Genuine Contact Program. Each workshop is designed as a stand-alone module providing specific skills, tools, and capacity building.  Modules can also be combined to achieve specific learning goals, and as a complete program, these workshops offer you a comprehensive approach to holistic organizational development. To learn about Genuine Contact there are many different paths to choose from:

  • You can take modules of Genuine Contact program in many different locations around the world
  • You can take many modules of the Genuine Contact program online
  • You can join Genuine Contact Mentoring Circles online and in person
  • You can bring a Genuine Contact trainer into your organization for in-house training
  • You can participate in different public events
  • You can  meet the Genuine Contact community on social media

Upcoming Genuine Contact Modules are listed on our Event Calendar. Genuine Contact trainers are authorized to train the original modules of the Genuine Contact program.

Foundational Workshops

The Foundational Workshops are designed to regenerate your relationship with yourself and the values of your organization. They provide the foundational modules for more advanced work with the Genuine Contact program and support extraordinary leaders who wish to nourish a culture of leadership.

  • Path to Organizational Health and Balance An orientation to a holistic approach to organizational success and the resulting benefits from such an approach. It also provides an introduction to some simple, easily duplicated tools. MORE
  • Achieving Organizational Health and Balance: Diagnosis and Regeneration Provides participants with the skills and confidence to carry out a diagnosis of the state of health and balance (wellness) of their organization without the need for consultant help. You leave with self-help tools so you can do period checks and adjustments in order to sustain the desired state of the organization. MORE
  • Individual Health and Balance for Leaders – provides a framework to examine your personal health and balance and to develop a plan for regaining health and balance within a fast-paced stress filled life. This is key to good decision making and sustained leadership performance. MORE
  • Holistic Leadership Development – for those who are ready to go to the next level of leadership development, expanding your capacity as a leader to nourish a culture of leadership in your organization and sustain optimal, spirited performance. You have already developed increased self-awareness about your personal health and balance by taking the Individual Health and Balance workshop for leaders. MORE

Advanced Skill Building Workshops

The Advanced Skill Building Workshops of the Genuine Contact program focus on implementing a new operating platform and developing a culture of leadership. Change is brought about by highly participative meetings as a supporting and driving force. The workshops are designed for leaders, consultants, and facilitators who need means of finding optimal organizational solutions in ways that are fast, simple and duplicable.  Using these skills results in the development of the Genuine Contact Organization, a highly engaged organization that sustains performance even in periods of rapid change. The skill-building workshops will take you deeply into understanding how to use simple but effective tools to work with complex environments and situations.

  • Working with Open Space Technology A highly participative method for large group meetings, that when used frequently shifts the culture in the organization. You will learn to facilitate OST meetings and you will learn the longer process of planning meetings, debrief and accountability meetings to make optimal use of the results for the benefit of the organization. MORE
  • Whole Person Process Facilitation A meeting method is more guided while still offering maximum choice and freedom to participants. It is congruent in values to Open Space Technology. WPPF invites the whole person to be present in the meeting and use his or her full wisdom and potential to find the solutions that are needed. MORE
  • Cross Cultural Conflict Resolution Works from the perspective that underneath the diversity, all humans have some things in common. The workshop supports your contact with yourself and your beliefs about conflicts and provides a design for conflict resolution from a perspective of universal needs and understandings. MORE
  • Genuine Contact Organization An operating system to foster a solution-focused base and achieve sustainable peak performance for a living organization. It provides patterns of simple, elegant processes that can handle and benefit from all the complexity within and outside the organization. It also provides a nourishing environment in which the human spirit can flourish creatively and fulfill its potential. Solutions come from the collective genius and passion of the organization’s existing human resources, generating the energy to implement them in the process. A culture of leadership results as does an ongoing interconnected learning organization. MORE

Train the Trainer

To be a Genuine Contact Trainer is to support life nurturing organizations and sustainable growth. You are invited to step into your extraordinary leadership and commit to your own development and growth. The workshop is designed so that you can grow into mastery in using and teaching the Genuine Contact program. With the Train the Trainer workshop you are authorized to teach the full program in-house and in public workshops. You are invited to join the ongoing international mentoring circle of Trainers and you will get access to resources to support you in working with Genuine Contact including sample training outlines for facilitating your own workshops. As a Genuine Contact Trainer, you are invited to become a member of the Genuine Contact Co-owner Group Inc. Join our community of more than 130 Genuine Contact Trainers worldwide! MORE

What's Next?

Workshops are offered around the world and in several languages. Workshops are regularly offered in English, German, and Swedish. They are also offered occasionally in Dutch, French, Norwegian, Spanish, and Russian. Genuine Contact Professionals offer workshops both in person and online.  In short, it's easy to find an upcoming workshop near you!


Path to Organizational Health and Balance (Foundational Module 1)

Facilitators: Doris Gottlieb, Thomas Herrmann & Anna Caroline Türk, Amsterdam, Netherlands

February 9, 2021 | Online

In this training, you will learn a path to (re)discovering and restoring a healthy organizational climate by stepping back and exploring your foundational beliefs about organizational wellness. You will have an opportunity to explore the state of health in your organization from a holistic growth perspective and develop your own perception of what is needed to achieve and maintain health and balance and what the benefits of doing so can be. Whether you are embarking on some kind of organizational improvement project, restructuring, setting out to fix an organizational problem, or simply want to understand your organization’s performance better, this short training will be of benefit to you.

Once you have taken this training you can participate in the 2-day training Achieving Organizational Health & Balance – f.e. taking place 10-12 February 2021

Doris Gottlieb (The Netherlands), Thomas Herrmann (Sweden), and Anna Caroline Türk (Germany) are joining forces to offer this training. They are highly dedicated to this approach and invest much of their energy in the development of the Genuine Contact Program for almost two decades.

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Achieving and Regenerating Organizational Health and Balance (Foundational Modul 2)

Facilitators: Doris Gottlieb, Thomas Herrmann & Anna Caroline Türk, Amsterdam, Netherlands

February 10-12, 2021 | Online

In this workshop, participants learn how to do an organizational diagnosis to know what is already in place and what needs to be replaced or cleansed – important knowledge when planning to re-model or re-organize an organization.

The diagnosis is the starting point and with it comes a map for the regeneration of organizational health and balance.

The same multi-functional tools that are used in the diagnosis, are also used in the regeneration process and in many other processes within the Genuine Contact Program.

Doris Gottlieb (The Netherlands), Thomas Herrmann (Sweden), and Anna Caroline Türk (Germany) are joining forces to offer this training. They are highly dedicated to this approach and invest much of their energy in the development of the Genuine Contact Program for almost two decades.

A pre-requisite is to participate in the 1/2 day training called Path to Health & Balance. We offer it on Jan 11th and/or Feb 9th.

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Whole Person Process Facilitation (Advanced Module 2)

Facilitators: Doris Gottlieb, Thomas Herrmann & Anna Caroline Türk, Amsterdam, Netherlands

March 1-4, 2021 | Online

“Learn to strengthen the muscle of your organization to work from the potential of the Whole Person, individually and collectively.”

Whole Person Process Facilitation (WPPF) is the name given to a highly dynamic, participative meeting methodology designed to integrate the wisdom of the group as well the individual, during the meeting. The WPPF methodology delivers both powerful short and long-term results from meetings. Energy, ideas, and discussion from meetings are transformed into constructive action, with participants embracing responsibility and leadership around the topic at hand, be that a product, concept, question, or strategy. In the longer term, by using the WPPF meeting methodology, team members become increasingly more engaged, creative, and open. This engenders resilience among people and teams in dealing with the dynamics of change from both within and outside organizations. 

Doris Gottlieb (The Netherlands), Thomas Herrmann (Sweden), and Anna Caroline Türk (Germany) are joining forces to offer this training. They are highly dedicated to this approach and invest much of their energy in the development of the Genuine Contact Program for almost two decades.

We’ll take Wednesday off – so it’s a 3-day workshop: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

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Train the Trainer del Programa de Genuine Contact

Elisabeth Tepper Kofod
1-5 de marzo de 2021 | Online

Un Trainer certificado de Genuine Contact™ apoya a las organizaciones en su desarrollo sostenible.  Se trata de un líder que se compromete con su propio desarrollo y crecimiento.  Este taller está diseñado para que pueda obtener mayor maestría en la utilización y la enseñanza del Programa de Genuine Contact.  Recibe la utorización de enseñar el programa en su totalidad tanto en talleres abiertos al público como dentro de organizaciones.


  • Diseños para enseñar a otros los diferentes módulos del programa de GC
  • Autorización para utilizar materiales de apoyo, manuales, y cientos de recursos para apoyarle en su trabajo.
  • Comprensión expandida de Whole Person Process Facilitation, cómo crear círculos de mentoría, y mayor profundidad en los módulos avanzados del programa.


  • El Programa de Genuine Contact™, condiciones, valores, creencias y estrategias.
  • La Rueda Medicinal como Herramienta y el programa de GC
  • Componentes del programa
  • Modelo de Servicio de GC
  • Modelo de Aprendizaje de GC

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Train the Trainer (Advance Module 5)

Facilitators: Doris Gottlieb, Anna Caroline Türk & Thomas Herrmann, Heeze, Netherlands

April 12-16, 2021

Dive deeper into the Genuine Contact way of achieving organizational excellence. Together with other dedicated participants, you will have five unforgettable days to expand your understanding and skills and move towards mastery in working with the Genuine Contact™ program to assist you in making even more of a difference in the world today.

Upon completing this training you will be authorized to teach the different modules of the Genuine Contact program. The program is a vehicle for developing a culture for extraordinary leadership as the path for organizational success.

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Holistic Leadership Development (Foundational Module 4)

Facilitators: Eiwor Backelund Jacobsson, Anders Johansson & Hege Steinsland, Hedekas, Sweden

June 20-23, 2021

For people in leadership positions, such as CEO, Director, HR manager, project manager, team leader, teacher, politician or any other kind of leadership position.

Finding your own authentic leadership style is essential for your confidence as a leader. This workshop aims to develop skills, knowledge, concepts, and capacity based on a holistic perspective of leadership. You will broaden your spectra of leadership skills, by exercises that will help you achieve greater self-awareness and make masterful use of yourself as a leadership instrument in the organizations you work with.

This workshop gives you a unique opportunity to participate in an experiential workshop that combines well-proven components from the Genuine Contact Program with outdoor pedagogy. We will use nature as well as more urban environments as resources to learn about complexity in mental models in individuals and organizations in a relaxed and non-theoretical way.

We start Sunday, June 20 at 5 pm and end Wednesday, June 23 at 3 pm. The workshop language is English and Scandinavian.

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Whole Person Process Facilitation (Advanced Module 2)

Facilitators: Birgitt Williams & Rachel Bolton – Dalar International Consultancy, Raleigh, United States

October 8, 15 & 22, 2021 | Online

Imagine knowing a simple-to-use multi-purpose method for leading highly participatory meetings. A meeting facilitated using Whole Person Process Facilitation (WPPF) includes meaningful conversations, promotes improved communications, collaboration and cooperation.  Using WPPF means that all adult learning styles are taken into consideration thus leaving no one behind. People are engaged.

WPPF is simultaneously a facilitation method and a container for a variety of tools and processes. If you have tools and processes that you like and work for you, using them within a WPPF container enhances how those familiar tools and processes work.

You will move the impact of your meeting to

  • get real work done quickly by engaging effective adult learning and contribution strategies
  • increase engagement and participation
  • focusing on accomplishing the purpose and expected outcomes
  • inviting the right people to be in the room to achieve your business goal
  • making effective use of time through careful facilitation planning
  • enhancing real-time collaboration by tapping into the collective wisdom of your people
  • enabling people to feel valued by inviting the whole person to be present, not just their ‘talent’ or specific skillset

Your registration includes immediate access to self-study materials to begin learning how to facilitate WPPF. Registration includes 2 real-time learning options: group learning October 8, 15 & 22 OR individual learning with 1:1 mentoring on your schedule.

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